WTI slides below $80.00 as pressures mount on the White House to tap SPR oil reserves


  • Crude oil falls almost 1%, as Democrats pressure US President to act on high gasoline prices.
  • OPEC+ sticks to its 400,000 barrels per day crude oil output, despite the pressures from the US.
  • WTI Technical outlook: A death-cross in the 4-hour chart opens the door for further losses for crude oil prices.

During the New York session, the Western Texas Intermediate (WTI) US crude oil benchmark slides as Democrats increased pressure on the White House to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to cap elevated gasoline prices.  At the time of writing, WTI extends its four-day slump, falling 1.07%, trading at $78.89.

According to sources cited by Bloomberg, Energy Secretary Jennifer Gharnholm told CNN that the US President is evaluating the available tools, including a release from the SPR. Market participants said that a release from the US SPR would help in the near term, but it would not solve the problem.

Earlier in the American session, the black gold dipped as low as $78.33 but bounced off, recovering some $0.50 throughout the day.

Meanwhile, OPEC and its allies will be adding 400,000 barrels a day of crude oil each month in the middle east. The cartel is cautious about demand stability in the coming months. Some countries in central and eastern Europe have reimposed restrictions as COVID-19 cases have increased.

WTI Price Forecast: Technical outlook

In the 4-hour chart, WTI is trading within a descending channel, below the simple moving averages (SMA’s), with the 50-SMA just crossing below the 200-SMA, depicting a death-cross. This means that crude oil has a downward bias in the short-term confirmed by the Relative Strength Index (RSI) at 40, aims lower.

The first support level would be November 4 pivot low at $77.61. A breach of the latter would expose the October 7 swing low at $74.74.

WTI TECHNICAL SUPPORT/RESISTANCE LEVELS

Overview
Today last price 78.89
Today Daily Change -0.85
Today Daily Change % -1.07
Today daily open 79.74
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 81.78
Daily SMA50 77.29
Daily SMA100 73.63
Daily SMA200 68.83
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 80.48
Previous Daily Low 78.77
Previous Weekly High 83.59
Previous Weekly Low 78.77
Previous Monthly High 84.98
Previous Monthly Low 74.06
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 79.42
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 79.83
Daily Pivot Point S1 78.85
Daily Pivot Point S2 77.96
Daily Pivot Point S3 77.14
Daily Pivot Point R1 80.55
Daily Pivot Point R2 81.37
Daily Pivot Point R3 82.26

 

 

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